Readings Part II
Body & Identity
“Is the cyber space your window or mirror,” is the question asked in Re:mote_corp@Realities, 2001. (p.165) What a profound question! This is a paradox question considering that individuals are continually looking for ways to define ourselves in the physical realm. The cyber space is an essentially another extension of who we are exploring to be in the physical. In Tina LaPorta’s (above mentioned) piece she explores examines the effect of technologies on relationships. The experience of her artwork must be like logging on to an on-line dating service. Where people can create profiles of themselves. More often then not, the profiles and pictures are misleading. In this case, cyberspace is acting like a mirror, even the though the mirror is reflecting an alternate reality. As for the window effect of cyber space, well that is simple, it every time anyone logs into the Internet. What do they Google? What it is they are looking for?
Beyond the Book: text and narrative environments
The publishing industry is running around trying to figure out what the next evolution of the book look like. Massaju Fujihata, has been exploring this question through his various pieces of his work, specifically, Beyond Pages, 1995. I have a feeling that experiencing this piece: sitting at an desk, activating the book with a light pen which animates the objects & text in the book is not too far off in the future. The publishing industry should pay attention to digital artists because they provide insights into feature of where the evolution of the book may go. (p.190)
Mobile and locative media
Mobile and locative media is where art is going.
In Jenny Maretou’s piece, Flying Spy Potatoes, 2005. In this piece, various portable media devices set up to record actions and interactions between the art and external world. The piece also raises questions about being a “spectator, surveillance and the contemporary society of spectacle.” (p.224) Important questions to ask over selves especially when technology is at our figure tips.